Here are a few bead embroidery projects I started before I went on holiday, and finished when I came back.
I love dragonflies, so I started this with a few larger beads I had and lots of seed beads and lovely gold thread. I had a lot of issues with this project! I used organza and some stabilizer but the material was just to fragile and kept tearing. I decided to cut out the body and try a stronger fabric.
The next problem I had was that I ran out of this lovely gold thread I was using for the wings and couldn’t find it again! Three trips to the art shop where I got it, but they had non. I kept putting finishing the dragonfly off, but hate having unfinished pieces so I had to improvise and decided to add some foliage to cover this missing wing.
Overall I am pleased with how his came out, although the body could have been smaller and longer and the wing much bigger.
My other bead project was my first attempt at doing a stump work beetle. This was a real challenge!
I started by choosing large beads for the body and in hindsight I think the flower bead was too big. I found some great videos on beetle stump work on YouTube so used them as a guide when making the wings and wing cases. Sewing wire is very tricky! I had planned to make a free standing beetle that could be made into a broach but as he was so big and I attached the wings and wing cases, I decided to sew him onto a hoop and add legs. The wings needed much more work but now I have a good idea on how to put them all together.
I really love working with beads, there are so many and you can really let your imagination go wild with ideas – which is what I’ve been doing recently! Be careful with them though; only the other day I knocked a whole load of seed beads on the floor 😦 that was no fun picking them up!
I also got a new Venus Flytrap, Jeff Goldblum 2nd – 1st died of overheating 😦 whoops.
While it feels like I’ve been really busy over the last few weeks, I have been able to do some new arty projects in the evenings and wanted to try new ideas.
I went to see Little Shop of Horrors at the theatre a few weeks ago, I love the film and the show was brilliant! Inspired by my love of monsters and plants, I started making a few of my own polymer clay plant creatures. Sometimes I just want to make something and not have any ideas of preliminary sketches beforehand. This is how I started with my flower and cactus creatures below.
He looks sad
I had these tiny pots lying around for ages, I got them from a little craft shop near where I live. I also made some kind of steam-punk fish earrings with translucent clays and was thinking about what I could put in the Tim Holtz glass domes I’ve had for a while. That is when I decided to make a tooth – which glows in the dark!
This is my recent project of love and hate! it took me two weeks to make this thing and look how massive it is!
After watching Little Shop of Horrors recently the idea of having my own Audrey 2 lodged in my brain. I’d been messing around with polymer clays for a few weeks I thought ‘yeah, this will be a great project, making my own plant!’ – Not realising the amount of time, materials and effort it would actually take to make it!
However, when I obsess over a new project I tend to jump in and I started my research by looking for some pictures of Audrey 2 and making a list of materials I would need to make him.
As I mulled over how I was going to make this plant, I did some pretty basic sketches of the parts to make, but because I seem to like making things hard for myself, I decided my plant would have its mouth open! Mainly because I liked the teeth and thought they would be cool to make.
I watched some videos on YouTube about modelling using Super Sculpey and armatures and bought a new book on polymer clay called Polymer Clay Master Class, while also going out and gathering my materials.
Fimo & Plaster
I’m back! And feeling much better after picking up a particularly nasty virus that has been going round recently. Loads of hot drinks, sleeping and soups helped. Since moving to my new place I have been trying to sort my room to make it super cosy, which is hard when you have so much art stuff like me and not much storage space!
Some interesting textures and patterns in nature as Autumn begins…
A few pictures from the weekend